On January 7, 2010, our heavily pregnant daughter/grandaughter slipped on ice on the footpath between Grove Rd and Union Rd fracturing both her tibia and fibula, she also had developed severe diabetes during pregnancy.
We are writing to express our gratitude to Geraldine, a very kind lady who stopped to help. Luckily, Geraldine had recently retired from the Plaster Room at Heartlands Hospital, so knew what to do. In temperatures below freezing, she took off her coat to protect Claire from the bitter cold, giving her reassurance and comfort until the ambulance arrived.
Also we would like to thank the gentleman who waited in Grove Road to guide the ambulance to where Claire was lying. They too have our thanks.
On arrival at Heartlands, Claire was treated sympathetically by the staff and her leg was put in plaster before she was transferred to the maternity unit where she was already booked to be induced the following morning.
Our beautiful baby Eve arrived at 4.31am on Sunday, January 10. Claire is now about to undergo further surgery to repair her broken bones.
Again, our sincere thanks to Geraldine and the unknown gentleman. Without people like you about, the world would be a much poorer place!
From four very grateful and proud parents and grandparents.
JUST prior to Christmas my 90 year old mother-in-law, who lives in Solihull, needed to have her traditional bathroom changed to a shower room to suit her disabilities. As no immediate financial support was available from government departments or charities she decided to use her own savings to pay for the work.
She eventually chose Haynes Bathrooms of Walsall (from their advert in the Solihull News) to do the job, agreed the price and paid a deposit.
Just prior to starting there were a couple of queries that needed sorting, so I contacted Haynes for my mother-in-law.
To my amazement, the owner of the company rang back to say they were going to do the complete installation free of charge as it was their practice to carry out a “community project” each year and my mother-in-law was to be the beneficiary for 2009.
Obviously she was absolutely delighted and was able to thank Paul, the manager, personally when he called to return her deposit and to ensure the job had been completed satisfactorily.
How refreshing to hear a story like this when there are so many negative tales about the building trade.
Dave Badger via e-mail
It was right to condemn the delay of results of cervical cancer smear tests experienced by a few patients of Solihull NHS Care Trust (Solihull News). But criticism of Solihull’s cancer services by Caroline Spelman MP is just not on.
When the Tory Government she supported prior to 1997 was in office, the NHS was seriously starved of funds and women waited months just to get the smear test let alone the results and subsequent treatment.
Our Labour Government has put record amounts of funding into the NHS. Now 99 per cent of all suspected cancer patients see a specialist within two weeks and have treatment, if needed, within four.
Labour’s targets for Health Trusts has massively reduced waiting lists leading to many more people being treated and surviving their illness.
I challenge Caroline Spelman to state that her Tory party will match Labour’s spending on the Health Service and in particular support our targets on speeding up diagnosis and treatment for those with cancer.
Finally, will she condemn the Tory MEP who said that the NHS is a ‘60year old mistake’.
Ed Williams, Labour parliamentary candidate, Meriden
I AM offering a reward for the return of a small, beige teddy bear (approx 8”) lost on Monday, January 4 at Birmingham Airport. This bear is of great sentimental value to its owner, so if you can help please contact the Solihull News who have my details.
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